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Recent tributes to Aretha Franklin are culminating Friday in the answer to one question: How do you lay a queen to rest?

Since Franklin's August 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"

Former president Bill Clinton delivered a handsome speech at Aretha Franklin's funeral, honoring the Queen of Soul with sweet stories about their friendship.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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"She gave us pride".

The singer said that she and the Queen of Soul ended up bonding the last time she spoke to her.

Reverend Al Sharpton got a standing ovation when he took a jab at president Donald Trump during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday.

Chaka said she'll sing "Going Up Yonder" performed originally by Walter Lee Hawkins during the services which will air on cable news. We sang at the White House, and she was so sweet, and she was so cute. During a visit, the late Sammy Davis Jr. introduced Franklin to the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in a way that Turman said was "spectacular and I never forgot it". She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.

He said, however, that it was a shame that the lines to mourn famous people are long, but lines to vote are so short, lamenting that Trump won MI by so few votes. Robinson also didn't share what he will say, but that's for a different reason.

Ariana Grande performs during Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple.

"[President] Trump said, "she used to work for me".

"I'm doing better now, " Clinton replied.

State troopers came to pay their respects to Franklin's open casket in full uniform before her family entered to say their final goodbyes. Ouch. He joked, asking God and Aretha's family to forgive him first, that he wondered when her casket rolled in "what my friend was wearing today." Aww! I wanted to see what the girl was carrying out, " to a wave of laughs and claps from the crowd. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang. "It's the key to freedom!" Tributes from Mr Bush and Mr Obama were read aloud. Her music, he said, "captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect". Maybe she meant she feels her pain.

She was carried in a gleaning casket plated in 24-karat gold.

As he wrapped up his comments, Clinton pulled out a phone and started playing Franklin's 1968 hit, "Think", for the mourners gathered at Greater Grace Temple. The Band of the Welsh Guards paid tribute to the "musical icon" who was a "huge influence and inspiration to our musicians", the Army in London posted on Facebook. The legendary singer's name and dress were trending across social media, and pictures of her funeral service drew viral attention.

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